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Chemistry (BSc)


 Waterloo

Chemistry touches every aspect of our lives. The study of the complex molecular world – a world that exists at the submicroscopic level – is a discipline of enormous scope. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Laurier emphasizes the traditional divisions of chemistry such as analytical, inorganic, organic and physical, as well as the cutting-edge fields of biochemistry and biotechnology, and materials chemistry.

Research in chemistry has produced many significant innovations in agriculture, industry, healthcare and consumer goods. Today, chemists are concerned with developing processes and products that will cause minimal harm to the environment and improve our quality of life.

We offer several courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biochemistry to ensure you receive a comprehensive undergraduate education. You can also combine this degree with Mathematics or Biology and earn a BSc with 2 majors.

The Canadian Society for Chemistry has accredited the thesis option of this program.

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Program Highlights

  • In our Chemistry program, classroom and lab time is balanced to give you the academic knowledge and experimental techniques that you need to succeed in a career.
  • There are many opportunities for you to interact with faculty and other students in the classroom and lab, and conduct research under faculty supervision, throughout your studies.
  • Modern facilities and state-of-the-art equipment, such as NMR and HPLC, are available to you during weekly labs.
  • Our students often receive Summer Research Awards from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
  • Check out options to enhance your degree.

Sample Courses

  • Inorganic and Organic Chemistry
  • Environmental Aquatic and Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Quantum Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Polymer and Soft Matter

Requirements

  • Admission range of mid-70s.
  • English, Advanced Functions, and Chemistry at 60%.
  • A combined minimum average of 70% is required in the prerequisite 4U Mathematics and 4U Science courses.
  • Chemistry and Mathematics requires Calculus and Vectors at 60%.
  • More admission requirements are available in our admissions toolkit.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English.
  • HL or SL Mathematics.
  • HL or SL Chemistry.
  • IB Minimum Score: 28.

Careers

A degree in chemistry from Laurier is an excellent starting place for further education at medical, dental or pharmaceutical schools, or for pursuing graduate work in chemistry or biochemistry. Other career options include:

  • Chemical/Pharmaceutical sales representative
  • Health/Nutrition chemist
  • Lab technologist
  • Synthetic chemist

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